The Glasgow International Comedy Festival kicks off today and I’ve trawled through the listings to find out where the cheap laughs and free funnies are, so you don’t have to. Nice, eh?
Every Tuesday, Halt Bar regular, Pop Up Comedy brings a weird and wonderful collection of comedians to the stage. 2011’s Scottish Comedian of the Year, Jamie Dalgleish, started out here and that’s a good indication of the quality of comedy you’ll find here. It’s free, it starts at 8.30pm and is always a busy one, so it’s worth getting in early. Expect plenty of banter and even the odd party game.
On Wednesday 26th March, Zuma & King Rizzler Bring sum Beef to The Halt Bar at 8.30pm with their free show and tales of ‘crime, success, murder, beef, women, money, guns, drugs, beef, death and fame’. It sounds equally ridiculous and hilarious.
All that free fun and I’ve barely even scratched the surface, as there’s much more mirth from big names, including Ruby Wax, Sarah Millican and Omid Djalili, as well as Scottish favourites like Dorothy Paul and Fred Macaulay.
Don’t be fooled into thinking the comedy festival is simply a string of traditional stand-up shows; it’s so much more than that. Throughout the festival, there are loads of lovely events that will put a smile on your face, including Comedy Cine-Variety at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall on Saturday 29th March, which will consist of silent films with live music and sound effects. There are free shows at 2pm and 4pm and it sounds like an afternoon of old-timey goodness.
Every Wednesday – Sunday throughout the festival, from 12-5pm, the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall is hosting Tickling Sticks at the Ready, a free exhibition that pokes fun at rib-ticklers of days gone by, in a heart-warming, pop art fashion.
It seems like Glasgow will be a jam-packed, fun-filled joy-fest this month and this festival is beautifully showcasing the heart and humour the city has to offer.